Welcome to this week's Independent Living newsletter. 08.11.23 Contents:
• Alarm over access to NHS records
• Exercise, depression and Parkinson's
• What is Oflog for?
• EHRC on Disability Action Plan
• Update on Martha's Rule
• Lifelong learners
1. Alarm over access to NHS records
This month, rules about access to medical records have changed in England.
GP surgeries are now required to provide online access to medical records and test results to all of their patients over the age of 16. The NHS app is the means by which this information will be provided - but there has been considerable concern expressed in various quarters.
The EHRC (Equality And Human Rights Commission) has published their response to the UK Government’s consultation on its Disability Action Plan for 2023/24, highlighting that substantial reforms are needed to address issues across the welfare system and public services.
The consultation was initiated by the Disability and Equality Hub of the UK Government, underscoring the importance of the subject matter and the need for our active participation in shaping policies that affect us all.
Encouragingly, as far as our mental health and well being is concerned, Brits turn out to be a nation of lifelong learners.
Latest research into learning, skills and interests reveals that almost nine in ten (85 percent) of us consider that we are lifelong learners, with three-quarters having taken a continued education course and almost half reporting it to be in the last 3 years.
Why are so many of us studying something new, and what are the most popular new skills to acquire?
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